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Women and Power in Postconflict Africa (Cambridge Studies in Gender and Politics) Paperback – October 29, 2015
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"Among the most notable outcomes of civil conflicts has been the expansion of women's roles and rights, particularly in the political sphere. Studies and theories abound, but Tripp (Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison) takes them to a new level. She seeks to explain why women enjoy greater social, political, constitutional, and legislative prominence in post-conflict states and how they achieved this so quickly under difficult circumstances ... Highly recommended for university and larger public library systems and collections specializing in African studies, international affairs, comparative politics, and war and peace studies."
J. P. Smaldone, Choice
'... Tripp's book examines a decade-long pattern of high participation of women in parliament and leadership along with women's rights policies in postconflict African countries.' Manisha Desai, Mobilization: An International Quarterly
'This book provides a rich, historical, and comparative account of the impact of women and conflicts in shaping evolving gender regimes. One of the book's greatest strengths is its disruptions of the essentialist arguments often tied to sub-Saharan Africa via its recognition of African women's agency in shaping their own destiny as well as international, mainstream discourses of gender equality and empowerment. ... it calls for more geographic studies on development and gendered activism. Women and Power in Postconflict Africa is a powerful contribution to the scholarship on gender and development in its attention to historical and contextual analyses of women's rights and empowerment. It also extends the literature on civil society through its attention to the heterogeneity of women's organizing in the region and the spaces of possibilities that exist even in dire circumstances.' Oceane Jasor, H-Diplo
'Women and Power in Postconflict Africa offers an impressively rich and comprehensive picture of gender regime change in post-1990s Africa. Using case studies and cross-national analytical data, Aili Tripp's new book provides insights into key causal processes that enable a shift in gender norms and roles in the postconflict environment, and highlights the roles that women play as agents of change in a variety of conflict, peace, and postconflict processes.' Sarah Shair-Rosenfield, Perspectives on Politics
'Tripp's Women and Power in Post-Conflict Africa provides an impressively detailed analysis of [postconflict and gender] dynamics in Angola, Liberia, and Uganda.' Marie E. Berry and Milli Lake, Politics and Gender
'Tripp has performed a great service in pulling together a wide range of research and analysis on women and political power. In the end, she has brought us a thoughtful assessment of an issue that should be at the top of every nation's agenda - what can be done to improve the role and influence of women in politics, not only in Africa, but around the world.' Kathleen Sheldon, African Studies Review
This book explains why women's rights and rates of political leadership are improving more rapidly in post-conflict countries in Africa than elsewhere on the continent. It provides original theoretical and empirical contributions to the study of women peace and security as well as to the political science literature on post-conflict transitions and peacebuilding.
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